St John prepares South Australian communities by building resilience

St John prepares South Australian communities by building resilience

18 February 2013

In a bid to save more lives and build community resilience, St John Ambulance SA has equipped all members in South Australia with a Community First Aid Kit. St John Ambulance CEO Sharyn Mitten is excited to see substantial first aid resources in the hands of skilled citizens across the state.

“We’ve recently seen how disasters can strike unexpectedly, and how people must rely on each other to get through the first critical minutes, hours or days. On a big scale when emergency resources are stretched, people and communities need to rely on each other for assistance and support.

“Over a thousand St John volunteers now have the resources at hand in their every-day life to respond immediately in an emergency situation. I really believe this project has the potential to save lives.” Ms Mitten said.

So far, 750 Community First Aid Kits have been handed over to St John members in metropolitan areas, and another 350 to country members – an average of 3 kits per postcode. The project would not have been possible without the generous support of three major contributors, including the Government of South Australia, and the Australian Hotels Association.

“Their support is a reflection of the high value the community, business and indeed the Government places on St John member’s skills and expertise, and is a further endorsement of the positive work of St John.” Ms Mitten said.

“St John is extremely grateful to the AHA for contributing $54,640 which has gone towards purchasing the Community First Aid Kits. We have also received a grant of $50,000 from the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission through the Emergency Management Volunteer Support Scheme to help make this project happen.”